Help! How To Remove Halloween Make Up!

What kind of make up are you wearing?

Oil or Water Based?

Oil based ALSO KNOWN AS cream or grease (grease paint)

Make sure you are using the correct make up remover for the kind of make up you are wearing!

Water based make up is the easiest to remove.

AVOID: paints, including Tempera, Sharpies, acrylic and watercolors. They are not design to be applied to the skin! 

Body paints can be staining to your skin and clothes so patch test your skin in an area that people won’t see to make sure it won’t leave you looking like a surf the next day!

If you are going to be wearing fake hair which is typically applied with spirit gum make sure that you have adhesive remover to remove it later. If you don’t have the remover use oil (olive, almond, etc.) soak a Q-tip in the remover or oil work along the edge of the fake hair gently pulling. Don’t just rip off the fake hair!!!

Don’t use a wash cloth! It will end up ruined. Stick to cotton balls or pads, tissues, Q-tips and facial wipes. You can use a wash cloth after all the make up is off to wash your face not before!

Remember water and oil don’t mix! Using oil on a water based make up equals a mess!

Examples of Water Based Removers:

Use a store bought makeup-removing wipe, bi-phase liquid remover, or micellar water

Usually works on latex make up as well!

Examples of Oil Based Removers:

Cold Cream – good for glitter

Albolene – good for glitter

Oil Cleansers

Oils like: almond or olive

Petroleum Jelly/Baby Oil (can be used but the above are much better options)

Wipe off the oil based removers without water first! Get all the make up off before washing your face! Again oil and water don’t mix!

Follow up by washing your face as would normally do.

Still some residue left:

Apply a thick layer of shaving cream to your skin and massage it in. Wipe it off with a washcloth or tissue and the cream should lift the stains from your skin.

Using fake blood and afraid of staining apply a barrier cream like invisible glove before putting on the fake blood!

 find at most hardware stores

Some Great Halloween Makeup Tutorial Videos!

Great Mermaid Commercial & Mermaid Makeup & Costume Tutorial

Click picture for how to make costume


Elphaba/Wicked Witch of the West Make Up Tutorial!

An unlikely friendship develops between Galind...

An unlikely friendship develops between Galinda (left) and Elphaba (right) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“As someone told me lately — everyone deserves the chance to fly!”

Elphaba is increasingly ostracized as the stor...

Elphaba is increasingly ostracized as the story develops, holding views opposed to the norm of her society (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Elphaba is a phenomenal and lovable character from the novel then Broadway musical: Wicked. Contrary to her regularly recognized persona as the evil ‘Wicked Witch of the West’ this untold tale goes behind The Wizard of Oz to reveal a heartbreaking story about the witches of Oz.

As you can see, the makeup seen here is not the exact version you will see on Broadway. I decided to create a more playful version by adding more glimmer and color. I chose red lips over green because I love the promotional poster of Wicked where Elphaba is seen with red lips and a small smile, her hat covering her eyes.

Cover of "Wicked: The Life and Times of t...

Cover via Amazon

* OLAY Complete Moisturizer
* Kryolan Aquacolor in 511 (Light Green)
* Ben Nye Neutral Set Colorless Face Powder
* MAKEUP FOREVER 12 Color Flash Palette

* The Face Shop (Midnight Black Shimmering Eyeshadow) BK903
* MAC Liquid Liner in “Greenplay”
* Sugarpill Loose Glitter in “Junebug”
* Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner in ONYX
* the Falsies mascara in “Very Black” by Maybelline
* Black Liquid Liner by ULTA
* Coastal Scents 42 Color Double Stack Eyeshadow Palette
* Benefit RSVP Cream (used to highlite)

* MAC “Burgundy” Lip Liner
* Revlon Lipstick in 477 “Black Cherry”
* Sephora Lipgloss (Shimmery Dark Red)

* Foundation Brush (CVS)
* Cosmetic Wedge (CVS)
* Concealer Brush (CVS)
* Stipple Brush (e.l.f.)
* Definer Brush (Smashbox) – red handle
* Tapered Shadow Brush (Smashbox) – red handle
* Small Angled Brush (e.l.f.)
* Eyelash Curler (Kirkland)
* Angled Bronzing Brush (e.l.f.)
* Rounded Crease Brush (Sephora)
* Lip Brush (craft store)

* No One Mourns The Wicked (Prelude) Instrumental – from WICKED
* Defying Gravity feat. Idina Menzel & Kristin Chenoweth (Live Performance)
Wicked music composed by Stephen Schwartz
No Copyright Infringement Intended
All Credits & Gratitude to WICKED & its creators and owners.
Based on a novel by Gregory Maguire

Margaret Hamilton as the Witch in the 1939 fil...

Margaret Hamilton as the Witch in the 1939 film version (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Doll & Big Eyes Make Up Tutorial!

This makeup tutorial explains you how to imitate the look of a bjd short for ball jointed doll, dollfie doll, or asian doll as they are sometimes called.
An Inspiration to create this makeup was a doll itself, that some nice people at Hyper Japan gave me to pose for a photo. Tadaaaaa!

Now, Let’s Start!

Use moisturiser to create a base that makes your skin look smooth like porcelain.
Press the moisturiser with lifting strokes into your skin. Be gentle with your skin, the facial skin is the most sensitive, so make sure your hands and face are clean so you don’t transfer bacteria into your pores and avoid breakouts.

When the cream is absorbed, apply a second layer. Wait until the second one is absorbed by your skin too, and apply the third and last layer. Applying more than one layer of moisturiser is more effective.

This part is optional, but listen:
Before we start applying any makeup, insert circle lenses. It’s wrong inserting them after the makeup is done, as you risk that powder could come in touch with your lens, and you’d end up with a bad eye infection. Or, of course, your eye makeup and mascara would risk getting messed up.

Use a pink or peach toned concealer, 1 shade lighter than your natural skin tone to create an even, and flawless base shade. Apply around the dark area under your eye, eyelids and the infamous T-Zone. Apply the second coat of concealer and blend, blend, blend, and blend. No magic, but only blending is the one key to create an even base.

Get powder in your natural skin tone. Lightly dab the sponge with the powder. Then, dab the sponge to your facial areas. We only dab, as pressing to much powder onto your skin would mess up the doll look. We want the difference between powder colour and concealer colour to be seen, as it creates a natural but doll like skin.

Dolls got mysterious, beautifully deep set eyes, so keep watching too see how you can do that, too!
Choose light pink eyeshadow, and apply colour from eyelid to brow bone. Choose a reddish brown and apply it to your outer eye corner, then blend the two colours.

As mentioned, make up is art, and there’s a wide variety of tools for us to use.

Take a lip liner, but use it as an eyeliner.
Line about the half of your lower lash line and blend moving your finger upwards.

Apply mascara, a lot of mascara, to make both your real lashes and lower lashes thick and long.Now get fake lashes. For a dolly look, look for lashes that aren’t too long, have a thin lash band,many but thin lashes, and have their ultimate longest lash pair set in the middle.

Use light pink blush. Smile and apply on your cheeks.
Apply blush on your temples, brushing downwards to your kidney.

This time, bronzer is not used to tan us, but to create shadows. Dab a small amount of bronzer on a powder brush and apply to your sides, over the light pink blush to create a warm and soft colour tone.

Dab some bronzer on your finger and apply to the sides of your nose. This will give an illusion of a narrow nose like most dolls usually have.

To create soft looking lips, line your lips with a brown lip liner. Blend the lip liner on your lips.
Stroke cherry red lip liner on your lips, then blend the 2 colours together. Dab red or pink lip gloss on your lips, then press them together. Now you have simply dreamy lips in soft colours!

Music by Kevin MacLeod: Cattails


Here are the makeup techniques to make my eyes big
and again that my eyes are very big and how do i make them bigger
annnnd we see that big eyes can touch people emotionally or something or just

So I thought I’d share with you my makeup technic on how I make my eyes big! Let’s start!

I usually wear circle lenses to make my eyes look bigger. This one with 17.5mm is bigger than the average 14.5mm circle lens. Depending on their design they have an eye enlarging effect andare available in various styles and sizes so there’s something for everybody.

I mostly use eyeshadows in natural tones as green, creme colour or brown because they give an effect of deeper set eyes, like of a doll.

The lightest colour, a creme one with some shimmer, will be applied up to the browbone. A light colour on the brow bone brightens the eyes, so it actually makes you look more “awake”.

The middle tone colour is applied from the inner corner followed by the darkest colour. This colour arrangement will give an illsuion of wider eyes.

A small tip:
Blend black eyeliner in your crease to make your eyes look more deeper.

Let’s continue with the eyeliner! Line the half of your lash line. Actually lining the third of your lash line opens your eye, but we are going to work this out later, so keep on watching!

Now get your mascara and don’t be greedy! Apply coat over coat until your lashes are really thick and long. To make it really effective, you’ll need to apply false lashes. But really thick and long ones. Another tip: Set them a bit off to make your eyes look wider.

Finally apply mascara over the falsies. After all, we want an effect that get’s noticed, right? An effective effect.

Back to the eyeliner: Thicken a bit more then the half of the line. This will open your eyes and
with this look, it’s more effective than lining only a third.

A well known must for bigger eyes is applying white eyeliner on your waterline, and inner eye corner.

Lashes play an important role in this look! So let’s apply lower ones, too.

And because we never can have enough lashes, we are going to draw them! Use a liquid eyeliner to draw lines that should look like really long lashes.
Then just blend them together with a black eyeliner, to fit them in.

Advanced Human Robot (A Make-up Transformation) – Robot Girl!

Blade Runner Inspired Makeup – “Pris”

Via Hollywood Noir Makeup

Products used:

MAC Strobe Cream
MAC Studio Finish Concealer – NW15
MAC Studio Fix- N3
MAC Studio Fix Fluid – NW15
MAC e/s- Gesso
MAC lip liner – Gingeroot
MAC Matte Lipstick – HoneyLove
MAC e/s – Carbon
MAC e/s – Knight Devine
MAC e/s – Deep Truth
MAC Dazzlelash – Dazzleblack
MAC eyeliner – Graphblack

How to Best Prep & Remove Halloween/Stage/Costume Make Up!

Since I’m doing 31 days of Halloween make up tutorials, I had better show how to properly remove the make up which can be heavier than most people are used to.

First of all — Prep your skin properly! It will help with the make up removal and help you from breaking out!

  • Cleanse your skin with an non-oily cleanser such as Cetaphil to remove any oil and dirt.
    An oil based cleanser can sometimes leave an oily residue making it harder for the make up to properly set.

If possible avoid oil based make up, if it can’t be avoided, apply an oil absorbing primer over your moisturizer before applying your make up.  Do this even if you have dry skin because most Halloween make up kits and oil based stage make up are too oily for even dry skin.

  • Always apply primer if your are applying Halloween/stage/costume make up to help the make up adhere better and last longer.  Use primer that is appropriate for your skin type unless as stated above you  are using oil based make up.

Never share your make up this leads to spreading germs and clean your make up tools after every use or every other use!

Halloween/stage/costume makeup was not meant to stay on your face for long periods of time. It can clog your pores and cause acne breakouts.  You may require a more heavy-duty makeup remover than you normally use. Wash your entire face thoroughly at the end of the night, and never sleep in your makeup!

  • For heavy make up like this I suggest using an oil based make up remover and cleansing your face twice once with a gentle cleanser like Cetaphil and once with your regular cleanser to remove all traces of the make up.

Shu Uemura Cleansing Beauty Oil Premium A/I
or any other cleansing oil is a great to use as an oil based make up remover

If you are wearing a mask or have never used the make up before — ALWAYS READ THE LABEL!!!!  You maybe be allergic to an ingredient or even the mask (latex, etc.!) 

  • You may want to have Benadryl and Cortisone cream on hand in case of allergic reaction.  Of course call a Doctor immediately and don’t take either over the counter medication if not recommended by the doctor!

Tim Burton Inspired Makeup – Miss Spider!

Via Hollywood Noir Makeup

I decided to acquire my inspiration from the character Miss Spider from James and the Giant Peach and paired it with the common style of the silent film era.


Steampunk Make Up Tutorial – Airship Pirate!

Via Hollywood Noir Makeup

I am very excited toAshley of Hollywood Noir Makeup wearing a steampunk inspired gold and brown smokey eye be collaborating with Siobhan of LetzMakeup again and to kick start our Subculture Series after a nearly two year hiatus. We both decided that there was a severe lack of  alternative make up resources on the internet and that’s what initially motivated  us to create the series in the first place. I went back and forth in my mind about what kind of look I wanted to create and I was feeling overwhelmed by how broad the steampunk aesthetic can be. The steampunk genre means different things to many different people, so I decided to draw upon the gold and brown color scheme of the commonly seen gears and rustic technology prevalent in steampunk imagery, while still implementing the black eye shadow as an ode to the classic pirate look.

I hoped to infuse a sense of fantasy and retro-futuristic styling into my design so that it stood out as something more ornate than just your conventional brown and black smokey eye. After much discussion with my boyfriend, we decided it was easier to create  a character of sorts and expand on my design options from there. Initially, my idea behind the lips was to mimic a sort of wine stained effect. In the tutorial, I show you how to achieve this look and eventually end it by applying the same dark wine color to my entire mouth to provide a little diversity for all of you looking to use this make up for cosplay or even Halloween. I enjoyed exploring the realm of steampunk, as it has been a long time favorite subculture of mine. I hope to do a few more looks in the future, so stay tuned for that and in the mean time, check out LetzMakeup’s take on the steampunk aesthetic.

Ashley of Hollywood Noir Makeup wearing a steampunk inspired gold and brown smokey eye

Products Used


  • Neostrata Hydra Infusion Moisturizer
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
  • Lancome Renergie Life Foundation in Porcelaine 10 (NC)
  • Smashbox HD concealer in Fair
  • Make Up Forever Color Correcting Palette #1
  • Cover Fx Setting FX – Translucent
  • Smashbox Contour Palette – Cool toned brown
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish – Soft an Gentle
  • Annabelle Eyebrow Pencil in Auburn


  • Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Pencil in Perversion
  • Urban Decay Eye Shadow in Blackout
  • Make up Designory Eye Shadow in Sienna (brown)
  • Bare Minerals Radiance Powder in Secret
  • Urban Decay Eye Shadow in Honey
  • Barry M Dazzledust in #93
  • L’Oreal Infallible Gel Liner in Black (water line)
  • Lise Watier Glitter Liner in Smokey Gold
  • Stila Waterproof Liquid Liner in Black
  • Lancome Virtuose Mascara in Black Carat
  • Duo Lash Adhesive
  • Benefit Pin Up Lashes


  • MAC Lipstick in Hang Up
  • Estee Lauder Lipstick in Autum (center of lips)


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